The convenience of iPads and other mobile devices in the healthcare industry is undeniable. They enable quick access to information and imaging, and help make diagnoses and managing care easier from any location. In fact, approximately 80 percent of healthcare workers use a personal mobile device at work.
How can you make the most of your device? Below are some tips and tricks to increase usability, get more done and improve the overall patient-care process.
1. Extending battery life and ease of use
With a patient-first mindset, clinicians have no time to waste on fiddling with faulty devices or dead batteries. Battery cases are an effective way to make it through your 30-hour on-call shifts without pause. Simply place your device into the case, and it will extend your battery life an extra 50 percent on average.
Another obstacle to overcome when it comes to device functionality are medical gloves. Due to the conductive nature of touch screens, gloves prevent your fingertips from properly interacting with them. Styluses are an effective way to continue using your device without any interruption. Find inexpensive styluses here.
2. Powerful apps to boost education and productivity on-the-go
Now that you know how to use your device without disruption, let’s explore what you can do with it. There are many applications specifically designed to increase productivity for healthcare workers. More than 60 percent of physicians use Doximity, an app and website dedicated to make clinicians’ lives easier by sourcing problems from its broad user community and coming up with solutions. With this app, clinicians can send HIPAA-compliant faxes, create interest groups, access relevant news and more.
Another useful app, ranked the number one medical reference app among U.S. physicians, is Epocrates. Some of its most prominent features are prescription interaction checks, a database of peer-reviewed disease content and drug safety information and easy access to clinical practice guidelines, billing codes and medical information.
3. Ways to upgrade clinician-patient communications
Not only do iPads and other devices improve mobility for clinicians, but they also enable patients to stay informed from anywhere. In fewer than two days, medical information can be quickly converted into electronic health records (EHR) with iPads and uploaded to portals so that patients can quickly access them. Medical decision-makers can also communicate course of treatment and follow-up care at the touch of a finger.
In addition, the use of tablets for computerized physician order entry (CPOE) of prescription refills and authorizations has helped improve turnaround times up to 90 percent — critical time that in some circumstances could be life-saving.
iPads and similar devices have truly brought mobility and efficiency to today’s healthcare industry. With the proper use of these tips and tricks, you can greatly enhance the healthcare experience for yourself and your patients.
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